CSM EDITORIAL BBC Director General Tim Davie’s squirming in front of a committee of MPs a couple of days ago was embarrassing to watch. Reminiscent of a schoolboy making up ridiculous excuses for not doing his prep rather than just admitting to the truth and acting contritely. Davie’s excuse for the organisation’s fading impartiality was flimsy to say the least: “I think the culture … Continue reading Cleaning the Augean Stable
BY EFFIE DEANS Nicola Sturgeon compared the legal case which the Scottish Government lost to Alex Salmond paying him more than half a million, with the case about minimum unit pricing for alcohol. She said that in every such case there is negative legal advice and if a Government ceased every case whenever a lawyer suggested it might lose it would never be able to … Continue reading Teflon Nicola?
BY ED PEMBERTON Some seventy years ago this country had some of the worst slums anywhere, and cities devastated by aerial bombing. There was a real need for new housing and it was met by something that used to be known as Planning. But Planning seems to be a dying art. Places such as Thornbury, a historic market town in South Gloucestershire, already overwhelmed by … Continue reading White Paper, Whitewash & Hypocrisy
BY EFFIE DEANS Something odd happened yesterday. No. Let’s leave to one side the peculiarities of opinion polls, the American voting system and matters across the Atlantic that don’t really concern us, no matter how excited we might get about them. The SNP lost a vote in the Scottish Parliament. Opposition parties including the usually loyal Scottish Greens united to defeat the SNP Government 63 to … Continue reading Angry Salmond Haunts the SNP
BY ALEXIA JAMES The population of the US is 328.2 million. That’s almost five times the UK population. So how come they end up with a presidential race between the venal Donald Trump and the senile pervert Joe Biden? Sniffing Joe is not all there. He makes Ronald Reagan’s latter Alzheimer’s years look coherent: Biden’s a sex pest? Don’t believe me? Watch this: As for … Continue reading America’s Dispiriting Dilemma
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Animal rights groups still remain very much active on the political scene – cheating, lying, funding fake science, and getting like-minded politicians to do their bidding. On the 15th July 2020, You unlikely noticed but the final nail went into the coffin of UK circuses using animals when Wales, the last remaining country in the UK to do so, … Continue reading Corrupt Welsh Assembly Needs Closing
THE EDITOR The residents of Torbay in Devon have suffered for many years at the hands of one of the most incompetent and corrupt councils in Britain. Only recently have they had an opportunity to express themselves and Country Squire Magazine has been only too happy to listen to residents’ gripes, while passing their more serious complaints to the relevant authorities. Indeed, many emails have … Continue reading Torbay Investigation Update
BY NICK PEARCE For a year now, from afar, Country Squire Magazine has been following the travails of the inhabitants of Torbay as they have faced up to their corrupt and incompetent council. In particular, the magazine has pointed out the council’s continuing disdain for the very sensible Neighbourhood Plan which locals have signed up to – aiming to protect some stunningly beautiful parts of England’s green … Continue reading More Idiocy from Torbay
On January 10th this year Country Squire Magazine published an Open Letter to Legal & General asking them why they were risking the L&G brand in a proposed care village development in the Devon countryside at Sladnor Park, which will destroy the environment there and put unnecessary pressure on the local community’s services and infrastructure. The area in Torbay affected is full of L&G customers … Continue reading L&G Denials Exposed
CSM EDITORIAL During Country Squire Magazine’s investigations into malfeasance at Torbay Council, the Squires have encountered shocking evidence which makes even one’s most negative imaginings about councillors and local government seem saintly compared to the tawdry reality. At times we have been left asking the question, who on earth would want to be a local councillor? It seems that across the UK there are too … Continue reading Behaviour Unbefitting
CSM EDITORIAL Torquay has been a turbulent place of late, politically at least. Whether it’s alleged conflicts of interest or repeating votes of no confidence in elected officials based in the area, or planning bodies who run roughshod over wishes of local residents and ward councillors, one would wonder what advantages there are to a person, or their loved ones, in stepping up to get … Continue reading The Torquay Pavilion Storm
CSM EDITORIAL On 6th December 2017 Country Squire Magazine published “All Eyes on Torbay” highlighting the fact that Torbay Council were in danger of chalking up an ignominious first – a refusal to re-designate Neighbourhood Forums. Fortunately, Country Squire can now reveal that on the 7th December 2017, in an atmosphere demonstrating massive public support, sense prevailed and, in the presence of a significant number … Continue reading Gove’s Torbay Countryside Champion Opportunity
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Last week while, handily, Donald Trump was hogging the headlines with the US airstrikes on Syria, the Co-op Group slipped out a message to the financial press. Group Chairman Allan Leighton was succinct: the Co-op bank (the Co-op Group’s holding is down to just 20%) was now worthless, a takeover approach still seemed possible (whimsical) and there remained the option of an “orderly … Continue reading Moral Superiority?